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Tomlinson hopes to keep playing

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LaDainian Tomlinson is one of the better running backs left on the free agent market, but that says more about the caliber of unsigned backs than what’s left in Tomlinson’s tank.

In a recent interview with XX 1090 San Diego, Tomlinson said his preference is to keep playing, but that he hasn’t ruled out calling it a career.

“Obviously, I’m a free agent and I’m still open to playing,” he said. “I’m just taking my time through this free agency stuff, just continuing to explore my options and make a decision here on my future depending on my options.

“So I’m excited about the future either way it goes, if I continue to play or if I don’t.”

Turning 33 in June, Tomlinson has generated little to no interest around the league. Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith has already publicly confirmed Tomlinson won’t be returning to San Diego.

If Tomlinson is truly intent on continuing his career, he may have to wait until a training-camp injury creates an opening on some team’s backfield depth chart. Especially with a draft chock full of young running backs looming, no clubs are rushing to sign up Tomlinson.

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  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 25, 2012 8:02 PM

    If the Jets wanted leadership, this would have been a smart signing.

  2. lionpride10 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:03 PM

    If Javid Best really is done, we could use him to run behind Leshoure. He would be a great complimentary back

  3. clownsfan says: Mar 25, 2012 8:05 PM

    It’s over man. Deal with it.

  4. seanmmartin says: Mar 25, 2012 8:08 PM

    Pats could take a sniff. Might as well. He’s no longer a 3-down back, but when’s the last time Belichick used a 3-down guy.

  5. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:10 PM

    Can’t be any worse then what they have in Cleveland…

  6. mrslay1 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:13 PM

    I would love to have this guy on my team. At the price he could be taken for just having him in the locker and sideline.

  7. steel2372 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:16 PM

    This would be a great signing for the Steelers. He would bring a veteran presence to a young running back group

  8. deangelo23hall says: Mar 25, 2012 8:17 PM

    Find a good team, potentially get a ring. Maybe not. Retire, go in the HoF.

    Win-win, really.

  9. andyreidisfat says: Mar 25, 2012 8:17 PM

    I’ve been saying all offseason that he is the perfect back up for shady. He does everything the eagles ask their backs to do, not to mention he would bring a lil bit more leadership to a young team

  10. kilo0986 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:18 PM

    I miss the way he used to run

  11. wherezwaldo says: Mar 25, 2012 8:19 PM

    Id take LT over Tiki, just sayin

  12. backindasaddle says: Mar 25, 2012 8:23 PM

    I hope he puts his Darth Vader hiding and pouting helmut on and is never seen again.

  13. yogikenobi says: Mar 25, 2012 8:24 PM

    Good luck with your retirement,

    -Tiki Barber, Willie Parker and Clinton Portis

  14. rukiddnme29 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:25 PM

    clownsfan says: Mar 25, 2012 8:05 PM

    It’s over man. Deal with it.

    ___________________________________

    “So I’m excited about the future either way it goes, if I continue to play or if I don’t.”

    Um, he sounds pretty ready to deal with it if he doesn’t play again.

  15. yojoemama says: Mar 25, 2012 8:25 PM

    He should just return to his nice home in Poway, outside of San Diego, and chill in front of his Vizio with his helmet on of course.

  16. johanneschimpo says: Mar 25, 2012 8:31 PM

    give it up, old man

  17. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:51 PM

    Come to Oakland. D McFadden needs a good back up.

  18. boltfansmith says: Mar 25, 2012 9:00 PM

    Tomlinson is a legend. One of the best careers ever. If he retires more props to him. He will always be a Bolt. 4 Life.

  19. lbraiders says: Mar 25, 2012 9:04 PM

    Come to Oakland get in the backfield with Darren McFadden

  20. pisano says: Mar 25, 2012 9:06 PM

    His best years were left in San Diego. As the great Roy Orbison (R.I.P.) song goes, “It’s over” L.T.,take a hint.

  21. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:10 PM

    Eagles. Do it.

  22. couchfandotcom says: Mar 25, 2012 9:11 PM

    The Bears better put this guy on speed dial…This Forte thing…well, it’s not going to end well.

  23. dolphins4 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:11 PM

    There are alot of teams that could use him.He’s better than the fumbler Willis Mcgahee.

  24. emoney826 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:14 PM

    Call the packers. We could use a 3rd down back and he could use a ring. Perfect match.

  25. cowboy8824 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:19 PM

    Since he’s from the area, and because they need a reserve running back, Tomlinson should play for the Dallas Cowboys.

  26. eaglesjmo1978 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:21 PM

    L.T. is turning 33 however he still is a dangerous
    threat in screen plays and still has a solid 2-3 years left in the tank. Someone will pick him up at some point.

  27. botchedextrapoint says: Mar 25, 2012 9:26 PM

    He should become a kicker. Extend his career by 7-8 years, get a pay rise and only have to take part in 6-10 plays per game where nobody can touch you.

  28. datd00d says: Mar 25, 2012 9:29 PM

    Pats bring back Kevin Faulk every year but don’t give LT a look?

    Am I missing something?

  29. silvernblak says: Mar 25, 2012 10:23 PM

    Why not pay a visit back to sunny California….McFaddin needs a good back side rock….What the hell? They aint gona beat down your door or is anybody. Or, MAybe its the oh well attitiude that keeps you FAM’t…….

  30. tiproast says: Mar 25, 2012 10:34 PM

    datd00d says: Mar 25, 2012 9:29 PM

    Pats bring back Kevin Faulk every year but don’t give LT a look?

    Am I missing something?

    Yes, you are missing something. Apparently you started following NFL football after the 2006 playoffs concluded. No harm in that, but it means you didn’t get clued into the fact that the Pats are not classy enough for Lady Jane-ian.

    We non-classy Pats fans are happy with that. And I’m pretty sure our no-class coach (the source of the Pats non-classiness, according to the broken-down RB himself) feels the same way.

  31. WestCoastVet says: Mar 25, 2012 10:34 PM

    49ers. swap him in and out with Gore to keep them both fresh. do eet!

  32. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 25, 2012 11:09 PM

    seanmmartin says:Mar 25, 2012 8:08 PM

    Pats could take a sniff. Might as well. He’s no longer a 3-down back, but when’s the last time Belichick used a 3-down guy.
    ———————————————————-
    You’re obviously new to football.

    Bill Belichick would pee his pants laughing at this suggestion.

    kilo0986 says:Mar 25, 2012 8:18 PM

    I miss the way he used to run
    ———————————————————-
    So does he, my friend, so does he.

  33. themonster49 says: Mar 26, 2012 12:19 AM

    Jets need to bring him back. Bring everybody into the locker room, lock the doors, and let it loose. After they get done fighting and yelling, it will be a team of men that walks out those doors. Or they could let him go, he does or doesn’t play, and unfinished business never gets solved, and neither do the Jets’ problems, possibly for a long long time.

  34. kappy32 says: Mar 26, 2012 12:25 AM

    He’s run out of calves to tattoo his team’s logo on. Time to hang up the cleats buddy.

  35. lilb360 says: Mar 26, 2012 12:34 AM

    I would bet my left nut that L.T. wouldn’t go slummin in the butt crack of the universe that is Oakland. Come to Denver so you can continue to make the Raiders your b!+€h. Plus a bonus would be being able to show that d bag A.J. Smith, that letting the best player to ever wear a charger uniform see another team, was a colossal mistake.

    “ASS WIPE NATION”

  36. hannahsdaddy says: Mar 26, 2012 12:40 AM

    Go ahead and retire. Everyone prefers to win. You dont fit into that program because you’re a loser.

  37. broncotony says: Mar 26, 2012 12:57 AM

    Bring him to Denver. I think it would be a great addition.

  38. ancyentfathoms says: Mar 26, 2012 1:12 AM

    That’s not a good call … beep-beep …

    Nah, We don’t like that call…

    I don’t like that call … Not a very good call

  39. theamericannomad says: Mar 26, 2012 2:34 AM

    As a Jets fan I wish we could keep him. But with McKnight showing what he did last year it comes down to Powell or Tomlinson. Tomlinson is obviously more proven, even at this age, and could still contribute, but he won’t get playing time and will only get older, while Powell (or alternatively a RB drafted in the later rounds) will continue to learn and grow.

    Any team that is short on RB depth should take a look at him, especially a young team with a young work horse RB that could use Tomlinson. He is still a very effective pass catcher and blocker when he isn’t overworked (like all RBs are in the Jets system). Whoever gives him a shot will come a consummate professional and great leader. I’ll be happy if the Jets resign him, even though it is logically a bad football move.

    Who knows, maybe the Jets should keep him around, just for the leadership, which will clearly be needed this season.

  40. theamericannomad says: Mar 26, 2012 2:36 AM

    Will get*

  41. boblavoie says: Mar 26, 2012 6:54 AM

    nyyjetsknicks uses the word “leadership” – HA!
    Is leadership hiding behind his tinted face mask sulking on the bench?? Be serious – the man has no class.

  42. jnbnet says: Mar 26, 2012 8:27 AM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Mar 25, 2012 8:02 PM
    If the Jets wanted leadership, this would have been a smart signing.

    ——————————————————
    I guess…if you call sulking on the end of the bench leadership.

  43. bigzant82 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:34 AM

    cleveland sign him he’s better then what we have

  44. colt2011 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:17 AM

    He has commented on TV that he’d like to play with Peyton Manning. Realize he’s not a spring chicken anymore, but he still has talent, drive and know how. Classy guy. Might be just a nice spark in Denver for a year (he probably just wants to have a 15 year career).

  45. siaaa says: Mar 26, 2012 12:00 PM

    for those idiot pats fans who think they have a say in who Belichick decides to bring on to the team, the 2006 comments are water under the bridge. Bill has been in the game long enough to know that people get emotional after a huge loss and say things without much thinking. if he thinks that LT will be a positive addition to the team he’ll sign regardless what you idiots think.

  46. bigscottb says: Mar 26, 2012 8:36 PM

    As a life long chargers fan, I would love to see LT go and get a ring somewhere!! He’s a legend nonetheless!!

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